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The Best Music Themed Games


We all know that over the past decade, interactive music-themed games have become one of the most popular products in the entertainment market. It makes gaming fun for people like me – who don’t really care that much about Call Of Duty or whatever the popular game is these days.

With that in mind, here are some of the best music based games I’ve ever had the chance to play.

The Beatles: Rock Band

It’s hard to find a music fan who doesn’t love the Beatles – if you’re one of those weirdos who claims they’re overrated – you’re embarrassing yourself. And that is why the Rock Band tribute to them was such a massive success. You could play classic tunes like “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Lady Madonna” and pretty much any other song you wanted. The game was the first to offer three-way harmonies on the vocals, as well as a training zone where you could learn the secret to Ringo Starr’s underrated drumming style.

Just Dance

The Just Dance gave lazy people all over the world a fun way to get in shape. Available on the Nintendo Wii, the game allowed users to dance along to their favourite songs, with points scored on how well they keep in time to the music and routine. If there’s anything the world of gamers needed, it was a reason to get off the couch and start moving. This one truly reinvented what a console game could be.

Vinyl Countdown

As you all know – I’m a sucker for anything vinyl related. Since the rest of the world has noticed the vinyl comeback, an online slot game called Vinyl Countdown (you can play it at has emerged from the minds of a very smart marketing team. The game takes advantage of our nostalgia for music from the days before even CDs existed, while allowing you to play slots with a five reel nine pay line slot and a maximum nine coin bet.

Guitar Hero

Definitely my personal favourite, Guitar Hero lets even the most uncoordinated guitar failure pretend they are Jimi Hendrix. With a massive collection of tracks to jam along to on the guitar controller, the aim is to click the buttons in correspondence with the chords on screen – allowing you to really believe you are somehow learning to play guitar. You almost had me fooled, Guitar Hero. My illusion of grandeur went away when I actually tried to play my guitar.


Red House Painters – Make Like Paper

song of the week!

Way back then, I considered you my best friend. But the last time I saw you, I knew I’d never see you again. 

This 12 minute opus is incredible.

Sometimes people come into your life like a storm, and you truly believe they will be there forever. But storms never last. They take over your life for a period of time – and then they disappear, as fast as they appeared.

When you’re young, storms seem fun and interesting. But then you get older and realize a gentle breeze feels better and doesn’t destroy your house while you hide in the basement.

Enjoy your long weekend, friends.


Giveaway – Back To School With Sapporo, Herschel and SOL REPUBLIC Headphones

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I’ve been sitting on this sweet giveaway for a while, as it seemed to make the most sense as a way to get you all excited for back to school. Or at the very least, for those of you who are past the college years, a nice way to cheer up about the cold weather that’s about to return.

Courtesy of Sapporo, I have a giveaway I’m super pumped for (I wish I could have the headphones for myself!) that includes the following:

  • a black Herschel backpack
  • a pair of SOL REPUBLIC track on ear headphones
  • and of course, Sapporo (gluten free!) beer for you to drink

The total value is around $200, and to enter you just have to be a subscriber to my newsletter (be sure to hit the confirmation email you receive or you won’t be entered). If you are already a subscriber, comment below with the email you used to subscribe so I know you want to be included.

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You’ll have until September 8th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, the following day.


Today’s Quote – Spend It Yourself


The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself,
other people spend it for you. 


Why Amex Canada’s Front of the Line Program is Built For Music Fans

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The world of borrowed credit isn’t exactly one that is known for its support of music fans. Their target demo generally falls outside the staying up late, bouncing from show to show, youth driven music lifestyle.

Fortunately – there is one company that has, for the past 25 years, understood that music fans are a powerful demographic that should not be ignored.

Amex Canada believes, as much as I do, that memorable experiences are the only true currency in this life. How we spend our time is much more important than anything of material value. Experiences last a lifetime. Their Front of the Line program is at the heart of this philosophy.

FOTL celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate, Amex is giving away 25 pairs of tickets to shows you’ll want to be at, every single day.

It’s true. Amex cardholders have it better when it comes to all things entertainment. Their Front of the Line program started in Toronto back in 1989 and has expanded to include presale and advanced ticket access through partnerships with Live Nation, Massey Hall, AEG LIVE, Roy Thomson Hall, Ticketmaster and more.

Amexers also get to hang out in the Amex only lounges at Molson Amphitheatre, Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and coming in the fall for you theatre lovers, Princess of Wales.

Yes, being an Amex cardholder also gives you access to the whole wide world outside music – comedy shows, theatre productions, dining experiences, movie premieres and cultural experiences like Luminato are all part of the deal.

In fact, back in June I attended Luminato’s tribute to Daniel Lanois via this great program. Front of the Line gave me access to two close seats at the show,  as well as passes to the open bar after party at Massey Hall featuring the man of the hour himself.

While I am not the kind to attend an after party just to talk to a celeb, the foodie in me will always come for the food and drinks – which tend to be top of the line at events like these. The wine was paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres I willingly devoured, while the fancy people chose to abstain in fear of getting food stuck in their teeth while conversing with other fancy people.

Follow @AmexCanada on Twitter and tag #FOTL25 for a chance to win one of 25 daily giveaways until the end of the month.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinion expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.